Cold Finishes the Monk by Ten and Tracer is the follow-up to last year's Tsotsitaal album. Across these eleven tracks, Ten and Tracer explores several powerful influences of the last year: Namely, the writings of Nishida Kitaro and Dogen, and his studies in evolution, genetics and developmental biology. This influence, combined with his ever growing collection of tape recorders, strange films, warped records, and custom-built software has resulted in an un-paralleled work of Ten and Tracer's ambient explorations. It represents an evolution in process, as well as sound - a further exploration of his fascination with spontaneity and finite details.
The music is at times orchestral and cinematic, and at others, meditative and surreal. Throughout the process, a psychedelic strain began to appear which was further refined, becoming a fundamental aspect of the release. Cold Finishes the Monk is a warm, powerfully emotional narrative - it stands out as one of the most developed and thoughtful releases of Ten and Tracer's career.